Sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkara asevitah drdhabhumih

 

Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.

translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Workshops provide a great opportunity to deepen and explore your practice in more detail.

Please always let me know in advance, if you have any injuries or conditions that might affect your practice.
Unless otherwise specified all levels apart from complete beginners are welcome.

Nourishing the heart

a yin & yang workshop

Sunday 26th January 2020, 14:00 – 17:00

at The Life Centre Islington

As we transition into the new year, this workshop encourages reflection on the motivations, intentions and values, that bring meaning into our lives. With more inner clarity we are able to better see our needs, and connect inward through self-care and compassion.

We will start with some guided reflection and then transition into an energetic vinyasa flow sequence, weaving poses on the thread of the breath, cultivating joy and confidence. Then we’ll create balance by coming back to stillness and deeper connection of body, heart and mind. A slow yin and restorative flow and a deep guided relaxation will encourage inner listening to bring to the surface what it means for us to be alive fully, as we move into the year ahead.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

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Celebrate the end of the year

a meditation class for charity

Saturday 14th December 2019, 17.15 – 18.15

at yogahome, Stoke Newington

Please join me to explore the theme of generosity and letting go as yet another year passes… I’ll give a brief talk, we’ll do some breathing together and I’ll guide through a meditation practice. It’ll be great if you can stick around for a bit afterwards to chat and connect – I might even bring some cake! I’d love to see you all before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.

The class is donation based and I offer my teaching for free, while yogahome kindly provides the space. All donations will go to Mind – the mental health charity. In my family and with friends I have seen how devastating mental health conditions can be. I think it’s essential to recognise the impact they have on those affected and their friends and family and support those who provide direct help and valuable information. Find out more at www.mind.org.uk.

Feel free to bring a friend or anyone you think is interested in meditation. No previous experience required.

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I also teach mindfulness and self-compassion courses and workshops and give regular talks around these topics

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Fire up the inner light

a yin & yang workshop

Sunday 17th November, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

As the days are getting shorter and colder, we are often naturally drawn to introspection and stillness – the yin aspects of our life – and it can feel more challenging to keep up our inner fire and energy.

We will start the workshop by rekindling our inner fire with a vigorous and joyful vinyasa flow sequence, weaving poses on the thread of the breath, and exploring the elements fire, air and space. Then we’ll create balance by coming back to stillness and deeper connection of body and mind. A slow yin and restorative flow and a deep guided relaxation will connect us to the water and earth elements. This quiet and steady space allows us to observe shifting states of mind and sensations in the body.

Leave with an increased sense of ease and balance, as you transition into the end of the year.
For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Slip, slide, glide

Sunday 8th September 2019, 14:00 – 17:00

at The Life Centre Islington

This very special workshop will explore alignment and muscular connection off the mat.
Without the support and constraints of our sticky mats our inner connection to stability and mobility changes. This is an opportunity to get playful with the space around us, and explore a different relationship to muscular activation, strength and coordination than we may be used to.
Wearing socks, we’ll explore sliding and gliding movements to challenge our ability to stabilise our body in motion, as well as in held postures.

We’ll wind down with some well deserved deep release counterposes and a long and delicious relaxation.

Please bring a pair of socks – woolly or fluffy is fine, non-slip is not.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Exploring nada yoga

a yin & yang workshop

Sunday 19 May 2019, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

The premise for nada yoga is that the entire universe and everything that exists within it, including human beings, consists of sound vibrations. The vibrations were there first before anything else came into existence and this expression of sound builds the basis for the creation and existence of all matter.

We will start the workshop with some listening and chanting – receiving and creating sound – tracing external sounds, as they travel through space arriving at the ear, and noticing sound vibration internally. Then we’ll take this expression of sound into an energetic, flowing, fun, dynamic yoga sequence. To balance we’ll follow with a slow yin and restorative practice and deep guided relaxation tuning in and listening to the more subtle sounds of the breath and yet more subtle internal vibrations.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.


Celebrate the end of the year

Candle light class for charity, followed by tea & brownies

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 19:30 – 21:00

at The Life Centre Islington

Please join me for a winter warming candle lit session including a slow and mindful vinyasa flow concluding with a short guided meditation and followed by a treat of tea & brownies with some time to relax and chat. I’d love to see you all and catch up before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.

The class is donation based and all proceeds will go to Mind, the mental health charity

All levels welcome.

Peeling away the layers

a yin & yang workshop

Sunday 25th November 2018, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

In this workshop we’ll trace the ancient yogic model of the 5 levels of being – panchamaya kosha – as a multidimensional map of ourselves. These layers of the self represent various levels of our being, various aspects that we experience and identify as ourselves. They co-exist in our mind and body, constantly influence each other and connect us to a deeper experience of ourselves in the world.
We will start the workshop with a short meditation and reflection and then connect to body and breath through an energetic, challenging and fun vinyasa flow sequence. From the periphery of the body we’ll move towards deeper layers of body, mind and soul through a slow yin and restorative practice and deep guided relaxation.

The kosha model can help us to understand who we are, what we need and how we can put this into action skilfully, guiding us to understand how to increase freedom and joy while decreasing stress and suffering.
For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Shine out, tune in

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 2nd June 2018, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Open your heart to the brightness of life – connecting to the radiance of the summer sun. Shine out in a joyful heart opening vinyasa flow practice, cultivating heat and energy in the body and celebrating the abundance of life. 

Then allow the body to cool down with yin and restorative poses and deep guided relaxation. This cultivates an inward orientation, connecting us to the deeper layers of our being, an internal seeing and opening to the light inside us. This is the light of our own inner teacher that helps us to open to the joy of life and tune in to the essence of our being.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Embodying the chakras

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 24th March 2018, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Explore ancient yoga philosophy on the subtle energy body through the contemporary lens, and deepen your understanding of how places where energy concentrates in the body – the chakras –  play an integral role in human experience. 

We will take a journey to explore the characteristics of each chakra flowing through invigorating sequences to release blocked energy and connect to vitality, and then slow it down for a more meditative approach to create greater awareness of our subtle anatomy.  Balance your energy from the inside out and explore the chakras in a meaningful, embodied way.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.